No place for bitterness in new India: PM Modi

The Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya issue has heralded a new dawn and should not be seen as win or loss for anybody, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. Addressing the nation after the verdict in the politically and communally sensitive case was pronounced, Modi invoked the fall of Berlin wall on November 9, 1989, and referred to the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor earlier in the day to assert that the message of the day is for everyone to come together to surge ahead.

The fall of the Berlin wall brought two contrasting ideologies together while both India and Pakistan played a role in the development of the corridor, he noted. Modi urged people to shun any fear, bitterness and negativity and come together to build a new India.

“With verdict on Ayodhya, this date -- November 9 -- teaches us the power of staying united and growing together. Today is about the message of integration and emerging victorious together,” he said.

Hailing the Supreme Court for delivering the verdict on an important issue “which has a history of hundreds of years”, he pointed out that the entire country wanted the court to hear the matter daily and it happened. “For the Indian judiciary, it is a golden day. The Supreme Court heard everyone with patience and delivered a unanimous verdict,” Modi said in his 11-minute address. He said the judges, the courts, and the judicial processes should be greeted for their strong will.

“The dispute may have affected several generations, but after the judgment we have to take a pledge that the new generation will work for the creation of a new India with a fresh spirit,” he said.

Modi said that peace, unity and amity are essential for development of India and described November 9 as a day to forget any bitterness one may have. Earlier in the day, the prime minister took to Twitter to assert that the judgment should not be seen as win or loss for anybody and appealed to countrymen to maintain peace and harmony. In a series of tweets in Hindi and English, Modi also asserted that the judgment clearly illustrates that everybody is equal before the law.

“Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of rashtra bhakti,” he said. Noting that the apex court has amicably concluded a matter going on for decades, he said the verdict will further strengthen people’s faith in the judicial system.

“The calm and peace maintained by 130 crore Indians in the run-up to today’s verdict manifests India’s inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence. May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered,” he said.

Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view, he said. “The judgment is notable as it highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law. It (the verdict) reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary. May peace and harmony prevail,” he tweeted.

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